An Overview of the 20th Century
20th Century Chronology
Decade by decade review of the twentieth century, including fabulous interactive quizzes.
From 1920 to 1990 we list all of the craziest fads that have come and gone. Go back a few decades and read about the silly to serious fads that helped change our society and create a pop-culture.
The Dust Bowl
Ken Burns film which chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
Jim Crow was not a person, yet affected the lives of millions of people. Named after a popular 19th-century minstrel song that stereotyped African Americans, “Jim Crow” came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States. PBS.
1900 – 1949
A series of notebooks about growing up in rural America during the early 1900’s. Written for the young reader.
The RMS Titanic has salvage rights, and here they answer questions often asked about the sinking of the “unsinkable” liner, the Titanic. Be sure to take the dive down to the ship in the “Return to the Deep section of the site.
The Roaring Twenties
The 1920s era went by such names as the Jazz Age, the Age of Intolerance, and the Age of Wonderful Nonsense. Under any moniker, the era embodied the beginning of modern America.
World War II
Starring: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett
Rent or buy the movie. Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)
Recreation of Pearl Harbor and the harrowing wartime aftermath.
Remembering Pearl Harbor @ nationalgeographic.com
Multimedia Map and Time Line: Photos, footage, firsthand accounts, and narration bring the attack to life-moment by moment, target by target.
History about Anne Frank and WW2.
World War 2 Facts
In September 1939, Britain entered into what would become the world’s most devastating war to date. Learn all about the events that changed the lives of millions in our World War 2 facts…
1950 – 1999
A trip into the era of your parents’ childhood. Listen to their favorite tunes, check out what they watched on TV!
National Civil Rights Museum Virtual Tour
The 50s and 60s was a time of struggle for American blacks to gain the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
The Freedom Riders, Then and Now
Fighting racial segregation in the South, these activists were beaten and arrested. Where are they now, nearly fifty years later? From the Smithsonian.
British Invasion at 50: An A (Animals) to Z (Zombies) guide to the bands who rocked the world
Their music and fashions invaded the US in the 1960s. Meet The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Hollies and The Yardbirds.
Technology at Home
This activity lets you go back through the century to find out when everyday items we are so used to first appeared in homes. (1900 – 1998)
2000 – Today
The September 11 Digital Archive
Advanced. Some of the photos and stories may be disturbing to young children and sensitive souls. This is a huge archive, and a good place to start looking for information about what happened that day.
The War in Afghanistan started in October of 2001 in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. It has become the longest war waged in U.S. history.
The Iraq War was fought between Iraq and a group of countries led by the United States and the United Kingdom. It began on March 20, 2003 and ended on December 18, 2011.